About Us

Jack and Jill boasts 247 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a general five point programmatic thrust: cultural awareness, educational development, health (education and advocacy), civic (legislative advocacy and service) and social/recreational areas. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development. Through lobbying, educational programming, dissemination of education materials, and the organization of community and charitable events, Jack and Jill has promoted the public awareness and interests of children including child development, child growth, child quality of life, child care and the promotion of children’s rights.

President's Welcome

Dear Mothers and Families of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated,

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the 27th National President of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.  As mothers, we unite together in Jack and Jill with the primary purpose of seeing our children and all children succeed in every way as they develop into future leaders. As your new 2020-2022 National Executive Board, we pledge to work tirelessly to achieve the following goals and objectives:

  • Provide Strategic Direction and Operational Excellence
  • Enhance Membership Satisfaction
  • Expand Educational and Cultural Opportunities
  • Create Harmonious Sisterly Relationships
  • Advocate as Change Agents and Policy Influencers
  • Leverage the Power of Technology
  • Protect our Branding

We will move forward with transparency, accountability, and sustainability. I am humbled that you have placed your trust in me to lead this organization, and I am optimistic about our future. I am committed to remaining focused on the children as our first priority. Together, we are dedicated to ensuring Jack and Jill remains revered and prepared for many generations to come.

On behalf of the entire 2020-2022 National Executive Board, thank you for the inspiration and opportunity to serve.

Kornisha McGill Brown

27th National President
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated

Kornisha Brown

27th National President

National Executive Board

Kornisha McGill Brown

National President

On August 23, 2020, Kornisha McGill Brown was elected as the 27th National President of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated at the 44th National Convention.  Prior to being elected as National President, Kornisha served as the 2017-2019 Regional Director of the Southeastern Region.  Kornisha also served as the 2015-2017 Southeastern Regional Secretary, Regional Nominating Committee member for 2 terms, and as Regional Chair of Rules and Regulations. Kornisha was recognized as “Chapter President of the Year” by the Southeastern Region at the 29th Biennial Mothers’ Regional Conference. She has been a member of the Columbus, GA (5-Star) Chapter for 13 years where she served as Chapter President, Chapter Vice-President, and much more.

Kornisha McGill Brown is a native of Thomaston, GA and currently resides with her family in Columbus, GA.  She is a graduate of Spelman College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received a Masters of Education Degree in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia. As an educator, servant leader, small business managing partner, and philanthropist, Kornisha has spent the majority of her professional and personal life supporting and advocating for the youth in the community. Kornisha is a member of The Links, Incorporated-Columbus, GA Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley, Auxiliary to the Columbus Fort Benning Medical Society, Brookstone School Parent Association Executive Board, Emanuel Preparatory School Board, and the Women’s Giving Circle for the Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Kornisha is married to Dr. Darius K. Brown, Sr., and they are the very proud parents of two children- Jordan Janay Brown and Darius Brown, Jr. She and her family are active members of New Birth Outreach Church in Columbus, GA.

Claudia Curtis

National Vice President

A member of the Durham Chapter, Claudia Curtis’ service in various leadership roles in Jack and Jill provided unique opportunities to deepen her understanding of the organization and prepared her to do more. As chapter vice president, she managed new member intake, developed programming to strengthen member relationships and led the chartering of our Associates group. As president, Claudia set strategy and improved chapter operations. During her service as Regional Bylaws Chair, she helped members navigate Jack and Jill’s governing documents and empowered them to participate in the national bylaw amendment process. As Regional Secretary and Regional Director, she engaged in every phase of the member experience, including a new chapter installation, anniversary celebrations, conflict management and the sadness of chapter dissolution. Most recently, as National Membership Chair, Claudia partnered with other leaders to develop much-needed resources, highlight best practices and provide guidance to chapters throughout our organization.

She has dedicated her time and talent to uplifting our organization and demonstrated commitment to our guiding principles and ideals. We can focus our national and regional dialogue on the issues that matter most — that can and will make a difference in the lives of our children and our families. We can ensure that Jack and Jill not only provides an enriching leadership experience for our children but also a fun, supportive, fulfilling environment for our members themselves, along with our families.

Nadine J. Gibson

National Treasurer

Nadine Joseph Gibson, a member of the Cincinnati Chapter, joined Jack and Jill in 2005. Since joining, she has served in a number leadership roles including, Age Group Chair, Teen Advisor, Chapter President, Regional Secretary, Regional Treasurer, and Regional Director for the Mid-Western Region. A 1995 graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, Nadine works as a Project Management Professional in corporate real estate and development. As a trusted advisor to her clients, Nadine develops vision and strategy for complex real estate projects and programs. With over 25 years of experience in corporate real estate for industry leaders, Nadine has set herself apart by providing leadership that influences, drives decisions, and delivers results. She and her husband Marcus have two children: “Jill” Isabela, and “Jack” Marc-Anthony. Nadine is also very active in various community and educational organizations. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporate and The Links, Incorporated. She currently serves on the board of the Cincinnati YWCA, Dayton Go Red, and is also a member of Caliber (an ELC Affiliate). As a member of Center Point Christian Church, she is active in the children’s ministry. She is a strong advocate for mentorship and believes that “to whom much is given, much is required”.

Shirell A. Gross

National Program Director

Shirell A. Gross, Esq. has had a successful career as a Senior Executive in Fortune 500 companies. Most recently Shirell was Vice-President, Division Counsel and Head of Law for Bayer Pharmaceutical’s Radiology business. In her role, she had numerous responsibilities including global and North American management teams, overseeing legal support for the worldwide commercial business and the support functions of product supply, regulatory, communications, policy, quality, and its informatics (software) business. Before this role, she was the global head of law for Bayer’s diabetes care business. Shirell also served on Advamed’s (the medical device trade association) where she served on the Board’s Legal Committee. Shirell is currently a board member for Executive Women of New Jersey, whose mission is to advocate for greater gender diversity of senior leadership in Corporations.

Before Bayer, Shirell was corporate counsel at Quest Diagnostics where she initially was responsible for managing litigation, risk management, and outside counsel. Shirell later focused on commercial transactions, risk management, quality and compliance supporting regional laboratories, the chief medical officer, and joint ventures. Before Quest, she was an associate at Aaronson, Rappaport Feinstein, and Deutsch, representing physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice and professional conduct actions. She started her career as a prosecutor in Bronx, NY. She received her B.S. from Northeastern University and her J.D. from Hofstra University.

While climbing the corporate ladder, she has actively lifted as she rose, using her influence to bring along the next generation of business and community leaders. Shirell’s passion centers on helping women and people of color, defy the odds and have a successful corporate career. In this regard, she recently left a successful career in corporate America to have an even greater impact on helping others by becoming a certified life coach and starting her own firm. She now supports others through her new company Measure of Ambition LLC d/b/a ShirellSpeaks where she provides keynote speaking, workshops, and coaching services. She also sponsors women empowerment events. Shirell is a sought-after speaker for many associations and companies addressing personal self-awareness primarily centered around fears and self-doubt, leadership, and professional development.

She was recognized by Savoy magazine as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers in America and was the featured Executive in the Quarter 3 July 2019 issue of Profile magazine. where she was described as “Dedicated to Growth”. She has also received numerous professional awards, including Black Doctors.org’s Top Blacks in Healthcare, Hofstra University School of Law’s Outstanding Women in Law, the YWCA of Bergen County Women of Influence Honoree, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter’s Women’s History Month honoree.

Shirell is completing a book where she also talks about her reset, upbringing, personal hardships, and career laddering, while noting lessons learned along the way.

Robin Rice Hodges

National Recording Secretary

Robin is the mother of three: Torres (29), Cameryn (19), and Jackson 16. Along with her husband Derrick, her family settled in Belleville, Illinois after more than 21 years as an active duty Air Force family. Robin joined Jack and Jill in 2008 in the Eastern Region and after making a stop in the Southeastern Region, her family settled in the Cool and Classy Central Region in 2014 where she is a member of the St. Clair County Chapter. Robin has served the in Jack and Jill in many capacities, including Regional Director, Regional Secretary, Regional Technology Chair, Teen Conference Chair and Member of the Regional Nominating Committee. Robin is a member of the East St. Louis Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In addition, she is a dedicated member of her church choir in addition to being an avid CrossFitter. Robin and Derrick own a thriving franchise in Metro East, Illinois area.

Sativa Leach-Bowen

National Corresponding Secretary

Sativa is the loving wife of Charles E. Bowen Jr. and the attentive mother of Jordan (21) and Justin (13), they represent the best pieces of her!

Sativa has over 25 years of executive experience in the Financial Services industry within Corporate Compliance & Audit, Marketing, Public Relations, Community Relations and Outreach.

In her professional career serving as a Senior Vice President of Marketing Support Operations Services for a Fortune 100 company, during her tenure she has led large operational teams as well as self directed executive groups focused on project management and oversight of portfolios with millions in receivables, sales and losses.

She previously served as a Board of Trustee for Jack and Jill of America Foundation and as the South Central Region Member At Large for Jack and Jill of America, Inc. along with a host of other regional/ chapter elected and appointed positions.

Sativa has a MBA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a BA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been recognized as a Distinguished African American alumni and supports various philanthropic programs in her local community.

Florence Lankford

National Editor

National Editor Florence Lankford is the Immediate Past Regional Director of the Far West Region. As a charter member of the Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley Chapter she has committed over 12 years of service with Jack and Jill. While serving in numerous leadership positions which include Chapter President, Regional Editor, Regional Technology Chair and Regional Secretary, she has lead with compassion and handled all responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner. Through collaboration and ingenuity, she’s excited to serve on the National Executive Board as we work, play and live together to enhance the lives for all of our children.

National Teen Board

The National Teen Board (NTB) was formed in 2013. The purpose of the NTB is to give teens a voice on the national level, to help Jack and Jill youth unite as opposed to seven independently functioning regions. The board is represented by each of the Regional Teen Presidents who serve as role models and examples of the Jack and Jill product. Their focus is providing teens more of a voice in important issues and by celebrating the accomplishments of the organization to America to help to further eliminate stereotypes of the average black teenager.

Xavier Davis

Central Region

Jocelynn Dow

Eastern Region

Kyla Coaxum

Far West Region

Ari Gibson

Mid-Atlantic Region

Richard Chandler

Mid-Western Region

Sasha Wilson

South Central Region

Barbara Joy “BJ” Tillman

Southeastern Region

Father's Auxiliary

While mothers hold the membership in Jack and Jill of America, Inc., we realize that fathers play a vital role in helping to achieve our mission. We encourage the involvement of fathers at every level of the organization to assist mothers in delivering programming that stimulates the growth and development of our children and all children. As evidence of our belief in the importance of fathers to our organization, the Father’s Auxiliary is one of only three designated standing committees in our organization. The National Father’s Auxiliary Committee consists of one representative from each region, and the committee chair, which rotates among the regions, is appointed by the National President.

One of the primary objectives of the National Father’s Auxiliary is to encourage involvement of fathers at the local, regional and national level. This is done by establishing a line of communication between each region and all chapters who choose to have a Father’s Auxiliary to share information and ideas.

Associates

Mothers who have tenured out of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated can continue to give back to the organization as an Associate. A mother may become an Associate member of the organization when either the youngest child completes high school or when the youngest child reaches age twenty and the mother completes tenure in good standing. Associates and Associate Groups add value to our organization by supporting their local chapters and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. They strengthen our organization by addressing the unique needs of Jack and Jill by embracing the institutional knowledge and wisdom of our tenured members. Associate Members who meet the documented criteria may apply for Life Membership (please click here for the form).

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Programs

Our programs are primarily centered around leadership development, awareness of cultural heritage and community service. To these ends, we have established multifaceted initiatives such as STE[A]M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), the Healthy Living Initiative (centered on lifestyle improvements and healthy development) and various projects with our national and local partners. The philosophy we embrace is one of holistic enrichment of our youth and, by extension, our communities. Our national theme is The Power to Make a Difference.

Our History

The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, on January 24, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19. In 1946, 10 chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. The constitution and bylaws were drawn up, and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.